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1:15 AM ET, June 30, 2010

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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.'s exclusive hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the plans said.
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Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Introducing Hulu Plus: More wherever.  More whenever.  Than ever.  —  Everyone on the Hulu team shares three things in common.  I'll cover two of those immediately.  We'll get to the last one at the end of this post.  —  First, we are proud to say that we love TV shows.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Hulu Unveils Subscription Service For $9.99 a Month  —  Updated: 2:50 p.m.: Confirming what the entertainment world has been expecting for months, the online television Web site Hulu unveiled a subscription service on Tuesday, promising access to more episodes of TV shows to customers who pay $9.99 a month.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Hulu Plus announced with support for iPad, iPhone, PS3, Xbox Live, and more  —  We've just received word that the premium Hulu service we've heard chatter about for a while now has just become official.  Dubbed Hulu Plus, the $10 / month service will feature entire seasons of shows …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:   Hulu Plus Launches: Three Networks, Zero Real-Time Shows
Boy Genius Report:
Leaked: Apple's internal iPhone 4 antenna troubleshooting procedures  —  The antenna issues plaguing the iPhone 4 have infuriated many iPhone users (and rightfully so), but have you ever wondered how Apple is training its employees to deal with the fiasco?  Well thanks to one of our Apple connects …
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Richard Gaywood / fscked.co.uk:
More on the iPhone 4 signal issue  —  Previously, I did some simple testing of reception strength on my iPhone 4 and concluded that I couldn't see any problems.  I've now done some more thorough testing, however, and have reason to think I was wrong.  Warning: this is very long and nerdy.
Discussion: Daring Fireball, TUAW and PC World, Thanks:atul
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why Andreessen Horowitz Invested in Foursquare … Today we are extremely excited to announce that we are investing in Foursquare, a service that mixes social, locative, and gaming elements to encourage people to explore cities in which they live.  —  Here are the three reasons we invested.
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Dennis Crowley / foursquare:
We're just getting started...  Hey all -  —  It's been quite the year for foursquare.  Last year at this time, Naveen and I - tired of working around my kitchen table - borrowed a desk from our friends at Curbed.com and Hard Candy Shell.  Two months later we brought on our first hire …
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Meet Cisco Cius: Android tablet for workers, students.  Watch out, iPad?  —  It's not quite an iPad - or better yet, the iPad isn't quite this.  —  Cisco CEO John Chambers today unveiled the Cisco Cius, a “mobile collaboration tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitpic Blocks Posterous' Import Tool; Out Come The Lawyers  —  Well that didn't take long.  Halfway into their big 15 importers in 15 days campaign, Posterous has managed to make one of their competitors very angry.  Twitpic is so angry, in fact, that they're blocking the service and threatening legal action.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Kuan Yong / YouTube API Blog:
Flash and the HTML5 tag  —  There's been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not the HTML5 <video> tag is going to replace Flash Player for video distribution on the web.  We've been excited about the HTML5 effort and <video> tag for quite a while now, and most YouTube videos can now be played via our HTML5 player.
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
R.I.P. Chatroulette, 2009-2010  —  A few months ago, it was the Web's hottest trend.  Then users took their self-exposure way too far  —  It always seems the stars that burn the brightest are the ones to flame out the fastest.  So it was as unsurprising as it was sad when the news broke early Tuesday …
Thanks:atul
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Hotels Upset Over More Efficient ‘Home’ Competition; Gets Politicians To Try To Outlaw Such Things  —  We've seen it time and time again.  The internet enables people to communicate directly with each other and create more efficient solutions than some larger (often regulated) industry, and that industry freaks out.
Discussion: City Room
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon to launch LTE network on November 15th, handsets on Black Friday  —  This information comes from a new tipster, but we have very good reason to believe that Verizon will begin rolling out its LTE network in 25 markets starting on November 15th.  While 25 markets might not sound like a lot …
Mike Lopyrev / Social Web Blog:
Find more in Google Social Search  —  In January we introduced Google Social Search to help you discover relevant web content published by your friends and broader network of contacts.  Since that time we've worked to steadily improve our comprehensiveness using public URLs and data on the web.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Jeff Bezos's mission: Compelling small publishers to think big  —  In the face of Kindle price cuts and wild iPad sales, Jeff Bezos is taking Amazon into new markets and onto every device he can.  Will it be enough?  —  Jeff Bezos has been dismissed before.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Slashes API Rate Limits In Half Across The Board To Deal With Capacity Issues  —  As you may have noticed, Twitter has been having a rough month.  Due in part to traffic from the World Cup, Twitter has had its worst month in terms of uptime in a year.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Cheezburger hires CFO, founder gets down to business  —  In the latest indication of its phenomenal growth, Seattle's Cheezburger Network hired a full-time chief financial officer.  —  The move - being announced Wednesday - frees up founder Ben Huh, 32, to focus on recruiting developers …
Discussion: TechFlash
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Performance Issues for Amazon.com  —  Amazon.com says it is experiencing “latencies” that are affecting the performance of its web site, the Internet's leading retail store.  “We are currently experiencing an issue that is impacting customers' ability to place orders on the Amazon.com website …
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch, ZDNet and GalleyCat
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google to block outdated plug-ins in Chrome  —  On the heels of Google introducing automatic updating for the Adobe Flash plug-in, a future version of Google Chrome will include technology that blocks out-of-date plug-ins and helps users update them, Google said.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 4 FaceTime doesn't need a mobile signal to work  —  The new FaceTime video calling feature of iPhone 4 does not require mobile service after first use, enabling users to establish video chat from any WiFi hotspot, even while in Airplane Mode.  —  In reviewing FaceTime …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Flash And Rich Media Ads Are 40 Percent of U.S. Online Ad Impressions
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC: expect Desire, Legend and Wildfire to get Froyo ‘beginning in Q3’
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Finding Patterns in Social Data a Big Problem — the Cloud Can Help
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
White Hat Uses Foursquare Privacy Hole to Capture 875K Check-Ins
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Caroline Ghiossi / Facebook Blog:
Explaining Facebook's Spam Prevention Systems
David Kaplan / paidContent:
YouTube's Following Hulu On Ad-Skipping, But Not Yet On Subscriptions
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Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Facebook analytics company Kontagent grabs $5.9M
Discussion: Inside Social Games and TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ad.ly Expands In-Stream Ad Network To Twitter Apps
Discussion: lalawag and Download Squad
Wall Street Journal:
ITA Becomes Hot Software Ticket
Electronista:
Seagate unveils first-ever 3TB external drive